Homelite RD8000 Generator (046396550170) Reviews
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Homelite RD8000 Generator (046396550170)

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Rugged and High Quality

Aug 29, 2011
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Pros:Should last for many years, rugged, high quality, easy start, easy to move.

Cons:Noisy!

The Bottom Line: Although noisy, I haven't seen a portable generator of this size that's not.


Looks to be a high quality, rugged piece of equipment. The removable/relocatable control panel is a nice touch, but you still need to acces the main unit to turn the gas on/off and to use the choke lever, so not quite sure of the point unless you want to turn the generator on/off after it's warmed up. Oh well, it's there if somebody needs that feature. Assembly was a breeze, although the instructions are a bit vague. Whatever it intended say, I took it as 'place your left elbow in your right ear and hop on your left foot. 7/16" socket required.' But then again, that's just me.

The battery maintains a charge once the generator has run, however, you may need to connect a battery charger initially, as it is shipped with just a partial charge. Mine started immediately. Don't forget to add the supplied oil to the crankcase, and it takes the entire quart to fill. Add 'regular' gas (it holds 8 gallons). They state it will run for 11 hours with a 50% load, but I haven't run it long enough to check.

The generator will run a 3 ton AC unit! That's all I needed to know since the worst part about a power outage is a hot house. I can't report on how clean the power (sine waves) is, and I haven't tried running computers or other electronic equipment. I'd like to hear if anybody has had any problems with this.

As for generator noise... oh yeah, it's noisy! Ridgid claims 79db. I don't think so. You cannot have a conversation if you're near the unit unless you're yelling. I'm going to get hold of a meter to check the levels one of these days. Not that I can do anything about it without building a sound box or perhaps swapping out the muffler, but I'd guess a super-trapp or other custom riggin' may not help all that much, and it's expensive to 'experiment.' Poor neighbors. I guess we'll need to have an open invitation for them to come sit in the AC.


 


Recommend this product? Yes


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